History of "Tree Swing" drawings about business communication

When I was a young naive engineer, I saw this tacked to the beige fabric cubicle wall of an old embittered engineer. It made me like him. Here's a history of this great cartoon.

The tree swing or tire swing funny diagrams - for training, presentations, etc

(Via Bits & Pieces)


  1. oh my god.. as a white goods appliance engineer this hits a little too close to home.. but made me literally LOL at my desk. thank you for posting this, this is totally going on my cube wall.

  2. I recall a version where there was a “As presented by Sales” which had a half-naked babe on the swing surrounded by an army of cute dancing cartoon animals and flowers.

  3. There was a variation of this passed around via fax machines and photocopiers for the pro sound industry back when I worked in it.

    Wildly different pictures of sound systems with “what the rider specified” “What the local rental company supplied” “what the band thought was cool”. That kind of thing.  Funny at the time. I wish I could find it now.

    1. I work in Pro AV and I’d like to see it too – I believe that I’ve seen a version of this with different statements (relating to Pro Audio but maybe Video) but it was the same basic diagram.

      1. Found it. Well, one of my Facebook friends found it.

        I wonder how many industry specific versions there are floating around out there.

  4. The field service one looks remarkably like the swing that Death installed for his granddaughter. 

  5. The first version I saw was related to patent applications, with the tire swing bearing the caption “as circumvented”.

  6. Yep, I’ve used this when trying to get projects to apply Systems Engineering and Requirements Management. Next up, the history of the “Vee Diagram”

  7. It made you similar to him?  Or it made you appreciate him? 
    Did you turn into an embittered old engineer?  :)

  8. Huh, I saw a version of this in the 90s – translated to Swedish. I was ~12 at the time, reading “System design in BASIC for the ABC80” or somesuch (I got a hand-down Z80/BASIC computer from my grandfather).  It’s the only thing I concretely remember from that book. :)

  9. I have a copy that I just put up on my wall – genuine 1985 Australian Public Service vintage! (I know – it was inside an application I’d written then)

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